Bold and the Beautiful spoilers next week see that Ridge Forrester (Thorsten Kaye) tells Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) he’s married to Shauna Fulton (Denise Richards). But, is the divorce legal and the new marriage to Shauna valid? Some B&B fans cried foul in discussion groups about legal technicalities. Here’s the skinny on CA divorce law and timing.
When Did Ridge Forrester “Divorce” Brooke Logan on Bold and the Beautiful?
Many armchair legal eagles are screaming that Ridge Forrester’s divorce from Brooke Logan can’t be legal. They’re citing the six-month time limit from the start of a case to its earliest end. That means that there needs to be half a year in the timeline before he married sexy Shauna Fulton.
It looks Bold and the Beautiful hit that mark, although viewers might not realize it. It was December 11, 2019, when Brooke Logan inked her divorce papers with Ridge. Although, he still hadn’t turned them over to his lawyer or the court when he ran off with Shauna.
However, issuing the Brooke-Ridge divorce documents Bold and the Beautiful started that six-month clock ticking. Then, Brooke signed them on December 11. However, we know the papers were unfiled as of 3/30/20 when the Brooke-Bill kiss scandal erupted (unless they fudge that fact).
Was Ridge Legally Divorced When He & Shauna Fulton Wed on B&B?
Let’s assume that Quinn Fuller (Rena Sofer) grabbed those papers around the end of March on Bold and the Beautiful. That’s roughly when the timeline gets wonky after Brooke’s video aired. Time gets fuzzy because Ridge Forrester married Shauna Fulton on July 6.
That marriage date falls almost seven months from the date the divorce case triggered by Carter Walton (Lawrence Saint-Victor) starting the divorce petition process. What’s bizarre is that Bold and the Beautiful‘s writing leaves a strange gap for April, May, and June.
Perhaps Bold and the Beautiful will say that Ridge’s stay in Las Vegas with Shauna was much longer than just a few days. Right now, the timing is a mess. However, sticking to the core dates of the divorce of “Bridge” starting in December, then the July marriage to Shauna might be legal.
When Did “Bridge” Divorce Finalize on Bold and the Beautiful?
That’s the most critical question. Many B&B fans are picking apart the dates thinking that the earliest the divorce began was on the last day of March. Indeed, that doesn’t leave enough time. However, the CBS soap could use the December date, saying that’s when Carter opened the case.
Then, on Bold and the Beautiful, them signing the document could be the last step (not the first). But, Ridge Forrester started the clock when he asked Carter to get him divorce papers in late 2019 to split from Brooke. Then, Quinn stole the documents three months later to help Shauna.
So, on Bold and the Beautiful, Quinn filed them before Ridge Forrester wed Shauna Fulton, presumably. It could all work out and leave Brooke Logan in the cold. However, there’s something shady going on with Quinn and Shauna that spills out next week.
It’s likelier that Bold and the Beautiful doesn’t address the 6-months legal issue at all. Of course, Ridge Forrester’s unclear on how the papers wound up at the courthouse. But, once Brooke Logan and also Ridge Forrester see the marriage license, they assume he’s wed to Shauna Fulton. And it’s doubtful the CBS soap follows the letter of the law anyway. Wait and see.
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